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MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing in East Valley

Patients suffering from early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis face many challenges, from swelling and stiffness to pain and limited mobility. Partial knee resurfacing is a traditional operation that aims to reduce symptoms and return a patient to their normal activities.

In the past, traditional total knee replacement surgery posed problems and complications for some patients. Today, patients in the East Valley area can enjoy MAKOplasty®, an innovative minimally invasive procedure that uses 3D knee modeling and state-of-the-art robotic arm technology. Learn more about MAKOplasty® in Mesa.

What is MAKOplasty® Robotic Partial Knee Resurfacing?

The MAKOplasty® treatment option is a partial knee resurfacing procedure that replaces the diseased portion of the patient’s knee with a specially designed implant. Using the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, the surgeon removes the diseased portion of the knee and replaces it with an implant created exclusively for the patient’s body with advanced 3D modeling technology.

What are the Benefits of MAKOplasty®?

There are a number of benefits associated with MAKOplasty® procedure. First and foremost, patients find pain relief and dramatically improved knee function. Most patients experience the following benefits (in comparison to traditional knee replacement):

  • Quicker relief from knee pain
  • Improved surgical outcomes
  • Quicker recovery, from months to weeks
  • Smaller incision, less scarring
  • Less blood loss during surgery
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • A more natural knee following surgery

A recent clinical study has found that 89% of patients who have undergone a unicompartmental knee arthroscopy procedure (such as MAKOplasty®) are “very satisfied” or “satisfied” at two years after the procedure.

Traditional Knee Surgery versus MAKOplasty®
Traditional Knee Replacement*
Average Hospital Stay
3 – 7 days
1 – 3 days
Average Recovery Period
6 – 8 weeks
Approximately 2 weeks
Average Incision Length
8 – 10 inches
2 – 3 inches
Surgical Summary
Total knee replacement
(damaged and healthy bone/tissues)
Resurfacing of damaged
bone/tissues only

Is MAKOplasty® Right for You?

You could be a candidate for the MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing Procedure if you have early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee. Complete online assessment and automatically enter a drawing to win a $50 American Express® gift card.

Please note, the online assessment should not substitute a medical checkup or consultation with a physician or surgeon. Only a physician, surgeon or other qualified health care provider can diagnose and treat osteoarthritis.

To learn more about whether MAKOplasty® is right for you, call the Comprehensive Orthopaedic and Spine Center at Mountain Vista Medical Center: 480-358-6547.

What is the Experience of a MAKOplasty® Procedure Like?

Prior to your surgery, you will be asked to visit Mountain Vista Medical Center for a CT scan of your knee. This brief imaging procedure allows the orthopaedic surgeon to see precisely what areas of your knee are diseased or otherwise damaged. On the day of the surgery, the surgeon will use the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System to resurface your joint and affix the implant in a natural position. Even though many patients will be able to walk later that same day, the surgeon usually prefers to keep the patient overnight, discharging them in the morning.

What is the Average MAKOplasty® Recovery Time?

Recovery varies, depending on the patient and the success of the procedure. Generally speaking, MAKOplasty® recovery time is much shorter than traditional knee replacement surgery. Patients can often drive 7-10 days after surgery and may return to their normal lifestyle within one to four weeks following surgery.

How Long Does the MAKOplasty® Implant Last?

All implants have a limited life expectancy – especially implants that are subjected to frequent wear and tear. The life of your MAKOplasty® implant will depend on several factors: weight, activity level and usage, quality of remaining bone, and your compliance with the physician’s orders. Your orthopaedic surgeon at Mountain Vista Medical Center can maximize the life of your implant by positioning it for optimal natural alignment. Should your MAKOplasty® implant fail in later years, there are viable options for restoring your knee to health, including total knee replacement.

What Insurance Providers Cover the MAKOplasty® Knee Procedure?

MAKOplasty® is typically covered by most health insurance plans. Contact your insurance provider to learn more. View a list of health plans currently accepted at Mountain Vista Medical Center.

Are There Known MAKOplasty® Complications or Problems?

Though there are fewer MAKOplasty® complications than total knee replacement complications, every kind of surgery has known risks. MAKOplasty® risks may include infection, formation of blood clots (deep venous thrombosis), stiffness of the knee, retained or loose cement, fractures or breaks in the bone, and implant wear or subsidence (sinking into underlying bone). Your orthopaedic surgeon will discuss MAKOplasty® risks and complications with you, as well as the risks associated with other types of knee resurfacing and replacement procedures.

The Comprehensive Orthopaedic and Spine Center at Mountain Vista Medical Center will soon announce the availability of MAKOplasty® for total hip replacement.

For more information about MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing, call the Center at 480-358-6547.

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